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Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.

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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Falling Down'

October 28th, 2011 2:20pm EDT
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Fridays are genuinely a time when new movies hit the multiplex, plus it serves as a day of hope in anticipation of possible fresh films to come. But alongside those current works, we’re gonna start a new Friday tradition that guarantees five-star quality by revisiting memorable flicks from the past – welcome to...Forgotten Friday Flick. From here on, every Friday we’re gonna talk, dissect and go into detail on one tasty film from motion picture past. These selections will consist of movies that are not only of the highest cinematic caliber, but also knockin' flicks you may have forgotten...
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Review 'Trespass': 'Two Jews On Film' Say This Thriller Misses The Mark (Video)

October 14th, 2011 3:45pm EDT
Trespass
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Sarah (Nicole Kidman) an architect has a beautiful house, a beautiful face, and a beautiful daughter, but she's unhappy. We know this by her reaction, when hubby Kyle (Nicholas Cage) tells her, he has to meet a client and won't be able to eat the delicious dinner she's prepared. He doesn't even have time for the glass of wine Sarah offers him.

Well, someone has to pay for the sprawling, modern, glass home Sarah's designed. Lucky for her, Kyle is a very successful diamond dealer.

Adding to Sarah's discontent is her daughter, Avery (Liana Lib...
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Nicolas Cage & Nicole Kidman Got Roughed Up Making 'Trespass'

October 8th, 2011 9:00am EDT
Nicolas Cage
Moviemaker Joel Schumacher was glad to have a military medic on the set of his new film "Trespass" because his "intense" stars were always getting injured.

The director reveals Cam Gigandet, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman were left battered and bruised following the film's most dramatic and violent scenes - and he was glad there was someone nearby who could stitch them up.

Schumacher tells WENN, "I was gonna put a card at the end of the movie saying, 'No animals were hurt making this movie but every actor in it was!'

"Nic (Cage) got a very mild concussion when Ben (Mendelsohn) slammed hi...
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Nicolas Cage Describes Real Life 'Trespass' Involving A Naked Man With Fudgesicle & More From TIFF

September 15th, 2011 10:12am EDT
Nicolas Cage Describes Real Life 'Trespass' Involving A Naked Ma
There are many big movie stars who come to the Toronto International Film Festival with their latest movies, but nobody who brings the weird like Nicolas Cage. Cage often likes to talk about the original spelling of the word, Wyrd, as an early Anglo-Saxon concept. When he took the stage of the TIFF official press conference, he brought uniquely Nicolas Cage moments to the festival.

The film he is in Toronto with sounds like a traditional thriller. Trespass is a story of a family attacked by burglars who want father Kyle Miller (Cage)’s sample of diamonds from his business. As the crisis we...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Other Guys,' 'Step Up 3D' & More

August 8th, 2010 7:20pm EDT
The Other Guys
I caught two of last week’s films in theaters: “Dinner for Schmucks” and “Charlie St. Cloud.” Both of which I found to be pretty average films.

As a comedy “Dinner for Schmucks” is incredibly twisted in the way that makes you laugh because you don’t know how else to react. It takes Judd Apatow-esque raunchy humor and blends it with “Meet the Parents” style awkward situations. Steve Carell effortlessly causes train wrecks wherever he turns in the effort to help Paul Rudd’s character. While I enjoyed it as a story, it did not make me laugh to the degree I hoped it would. My Grade: C+

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Top On-Set Celebrity Feuds

February 27th, 2009 11:32am EST
The View
Hilary vs. Faye, Beyonce vs. Etta and Chris Brown vs. Decent Society: No doubt about it, the celebrity feud is alive and well. Though many celeb squabbles make for amusing gossip fodder, it's rare for public battles to result in real-life rows; except, of course, when volatile stars enact personal wars in the workplace. What do you get when you cross massive egos and crippling insecurities with bright klieg lights and tight shooting schedules? Ten of the juiciest on-set squabbles in Hollywood history, that's what. Lights, camera, altercation!

Debra Winger vs. Shirley MacLaine -- Te...
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Kiefer Sutherland Set For Star Honor

December 6th, 2008 4:40pm EST
Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland is to be honored with the 2,377th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.

The actor's father Donald Sutherland and moviemaker Joel Schumacher will be on hand to pay tribute to the 24 star at the unveiling ceremony outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard.

The honor falls four days after the anniversary of his 2007 Christmas jail stint on DUI charges. The star spent 48 days behind bars last Christmas.

He also spent his 41st birthday on December 21 in jail.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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'Lost Boys The Tribe' Explodes Onto Blu-Ray And DVD; Win It!

July 29th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Lost Boys The Tribe
Prepare to sink your teeth into the long-awaited and highly-anticipated next chapter of the cult phenomenon started by the 1987 cult classic The Lost Boys when Warner Premiere's Lost Boys The Tribe arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 29th from Warner Home Video.

Lost Boys The Tribe is directed by P.J. Pesce from a script by Hans Rodionoff and stars Tad Hilgenbrinck (American Pie: Band Camp) as Chris Emerson, Angus Sutherland (Passing Strangers) as Shane, Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) as Nicole Emerson, and Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog, the original vampire hunter with appearances by Jamison Ne...
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Point/Counterpoint: Does 'The Dark Knight' Live Up To The Hype?

July 25th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Dark Knight
Most people are aware that "The Dark Knight" made a record $155.3 million during its opening weekend. Fanboys and girls stood in line for hours, some in costumes, to finally catch a glimpse of summer's most eagerly anticipated film.

The hype surrounding "Knight" has undoubtedly been fueled by the untimely death of Heath Ledger, who plays the Joker. The word Oscar has been thrown around more than once. But does the film truly live up to expectations? Four Starpulse writers, all Batman fans, weigh in on whether the latest caped crusader tale is worthy of all the buzz.

Director...
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Old Batman Versus New Batman

July 14th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Batman
When film director Joel Schumacher took over the Batman franchise, fans didn't know what to expect. Some were excited that new blood was injected into the series and that certain characters such as Robin would finally appear on the big screen. By the time "Batman and Robin" was released into theaters in 1997 however, anger and resentment boiled to the surface. Fans were irate that a director would inject so much camp and kitsch into such a beloved franchise.

As time went by, the love for the two Tim Burton Batman films starring Michael Keaton - "Batman" and "Batman Returns" - bega...
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Top Five Best/Worst Action Sequels

May 19th, 2008 12:23pm EDT
Indiana Jones
With summer now upon us, people across the country will be flocking to multiplexes everywhere. Let's face it, this summer will usher in yet another season of sequels. With highly anticipated action films such as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "The Dark Knight," and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," it is only fitting to take a look back at the top five best and worst action sequels of all time.

Best Action Sequels:

5. Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are reluctant allies as they try to hunt down a villain who is all...
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Billy Corgan Recalls Troubled Childhood For Student Suicide Campaign

March 19th, 2008 8:21am EDT
Billy Corgan
Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan was left so traumatized by the childhood abuse he suffered at the hands of his father, he once contemplated suicide. The 41-year-old endured long periods of feeling helpless and alienated while growing up in Chicago, Illinois.

In a new video, directed by Joel Schumacher for the Jed Foundation's Half Of Us campaign, Corgan recalls his troubled early years.

He says, "My family didn't fit into the culture we lived in, and then abuse made me feel even more alienated from what was going on. Plus, a lot of kids around me were being abused as well, s...
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Movie Sequels: A List Of The Best & Worst

February 7th, 2008 9:40am EST
Spider-Man 2
It seems every year we are inundated with dozens of sequels to films we love and those we've already forgotten about. But what are the best? What are the worst? What shouldn't have been made and what beat the original? Answers to those questions are below, but before a list of the best and worst sequels is determined a few ground rules must be established.

1. The Sequel Cannot Be Planned. There are plenty of movies where the sequel is somewhat planned (I highly doubt anybody wasn't thinking sequel during Spider-Man) but some movies are part of a planned series from day one. The mo...
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'Sweeney Todd' A Perfect Fit For Burton And Depp's Dark Sensibilities

December 18th, 2007 8:58am EST
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'' is the quintessential Tim Burton movie, even though it springs from somebody else's celebrated mind.

Everything about Stephen Sondheim's revered musical, which provided the inspiration for the film, seems tailor-made for the director's sensibilities. Truly, what other filmmaker could tell the story of a vengeful barber (Johnny Depp) who slits his customers' throats and the lovesick baker (Helena Bonham Carter) who grinds up the dead bodies for her meat pies?

It's strangely beautiful and beautifully strange, with horrific subject m...
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Dominic Purcell Splits From His Wife

October 22nd, 2007 9:53am EDT
Dominic Purcell
Prison Break star Dominic Purcell and wife Rebecca Williamson have separated. Purcell, 37, and Williamson have four kids together. A spokesperson for the actor tells the website People.com, "The separation is completely amicable and they remain friends."

Purcell will next be seen in the thriller Town Creek, directed by Joel Schumacher.

-Check out Dominic Purcell's Filmography

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Gerard Butler Had To Work Out Backside For '300'

March 26th, 2007 10:43am EDT
Gerard Butler
Scottish movie hunk Gerard Butler is thrilled with his look in war epic 300 - because his warrior role gave him a great bottom. The actor worked out religiously to play a Spartan king in the film, and admits he not only developed a six-pack and a defined torso, he also pumped his backside into the best possible shape.

He told Conan O’Brien, "I don't have the biggest ass in the world... In The Phantom (of the Opera), Joel Schumacher (director) was always like, 'I want you to have these pleasant, strong thighs,' so he padded my ass.

"But, for this, I was doing like 100,000 squats......
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